Promoter defends pop band's brief show

A promoter has hit back at accusations that boyband One Direction short-changed fans with a short performance at The Regal.

Some fans claimed the band played only four songs and were on stage for 20 minutes at the Wednesday night gig.

But Craig Pitson, director of Soundwave Live, said the event was always billed as 'One Direction Plus Support Acts and Live DJ’.

He said: “The support acts are there to create a show, otherwise it would literally be the headline performance and that, I agree, would be a complete waste of money and source of disappointment to those attending.

“We didn't just randomly throw support acts on stage, we carefully selected Oxford's finest up and coming talent.

“We take great pride in supporting and showcasing young artists from Oxford and we will continue to do so.”

Mr Pitson admitted the X-Factor stars were 20 minutes late taking the stage at the Cowley Road venue.

But he added: “The time, effort and work which goes into these shows is vast, and although we appreciate feedback from all attendees, the show at The Regal was one of the best atmospheres ever to hit Oxford.

“The amount of positive feedback we have received has been overwhelming, and we hope that people continue to enjoy Soundwave Live Events as much as 99 per cent of the audience did on Wednesday.”

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11:37am Sat 5 Feb 11

mechcol says...

A excellent night for all those involved and the home grown support acts were very good ,Zoe Kelly ,Lutece Constant http://www.facebook.
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and Out of the blue , forgive me if I am wrong the two acts before One Direction ( The Scarletz and Red lights one )were from there management company and imo they were the worst.
The Regal will hopefully get more nights like this giving all genres of music a go for all fans ..
A excellent night for all those involved and the home grown support acts were very good ,Zoe Kelly ,Lutece Constant http://www.facebook. com/#!/pages/Lutece- Constant-Music/17190 4862853192 and Out of the blue , forgive me if I am wrong the two acts before One Direction ( The Scarletz and Red lights one )were from there management company and imo they were the worst. The Regal will hopefully get more nights like this giving all genres of music a go for all fans .. mechcol

7:05pm Sun 6 Feb 11

The Delusion of Grandeur says...

Problem is people don't usually pay their money to see the support acts - especially ones they have never heard of.

They part with their hard earned money because of the main headline act and it is only to be expected to see the headline act do a set longer than 20 minutes.

Still it's not the first time that paying music fans have been shafted by so-called "popstars". One Direction will soon be heading in the opposite direction and back to obscurity once Simon Cowell has sucked them and the children buying their records dry.
Problem is people don't usually pay their money to see the support acts - especially ones they have never heard of. They part with their hard earned money because of the main headline act and it is only to be expected to see the headline act do a set longer than 20 minutes. Still it's not the first time that paying music fans have been shafted by so-called "popstars". One Direction will soon be heading in the opposite direction and back to obscurity once Simon Cowell has sucked them and the children buying their records dry. The Delusion of Grandeur

8:02pm Sun 6 Feb 11

peterr Macvey says...

But he added: “The time, effort and work which goes into these shows is vast, and although we appreciate feedback from all attendees, the show at The Regal was one of the best atmospheres ever to hit Oxford.............
You're having a larf ain't you mate. Just a look at the hundreds of gigs over the last 40 years at the New Theatre would tell you that your comment is as plausible as me becoming the head of the U.N. Just be honest Craig. Your schoolboys mimed for 20 mins then disappeared like a rat out of an aquaduct, and you were laughing all the way to the bank. It is a sad way to make money really, isn't it.
But he added: “The time, effort and work which goes into these shows is vast, and although we appreciate feedback from all attendees, the show at The Regal was one of the best atmospheres ever to hit Oxford............. You're having a larf ain't you mate. Just a look at the hundreds of gigs over the last 40 years at the New Theatre would tell you that your comment is as plausible as me becoming the head of the U.N. Just be honest Craig. Your schoolboys mimed for 20 mins then disappeared like a rat out of an aquaduct, and you were laughing all the way to the bank. It is a sad way to make money really, isn't it. peterr Macvey

8:44pm Sun 6 Feb 11

Alice_Field says...

I still cannot believe what happened that night.. the endless support acts which in the end we booed. The tiny 15mins which they sang and then ran off never to return after being late. I paid £30 for a 'vip' ticket which wasn't so 'vip' in the end. I am one of their biggest fans, and was looking forward to this gig for AGES, I was throughly disappointed.
I still cannot believe what happened that night.. the endless support acts which in the end we booed. The tiny 15mins which they sang and then ran off never to return after being late. I paid £30 for a 'vip' ticket which wasn't so 'vip' in the end. I am one of their biggest fans, and was looking forward to this gig for AGES, I was throughly disappointed. Alice_Field

10:06pm Sun 6 Feb 11

T Chandler says...

Rest in peace Gary Moore, a proper musician.
Rest in peace Gary Moore, a proper musician. T Chandler

7:17pm Tue 8 Feb 11

Turleyson says...

Bunch of vaginal secretions!
Bunch of vaginal secretions! Turleyson

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